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ArcelorMittal pegs early 2026 as startup date for its long products electric arc furnace facility

ArcelorMittal, a leading global steel producer based in Luxembourg, has commenced construction of an electric arc furnace (EAF) for long products at its Gijón campus in Spain. This $230 million investment marks a significant step in the company’s decarbonization strategy in Europe, specifically targeting the reduction of carbon emissions in steelmaking.

The new EAF facility is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2026 and represents a pivotal shift from traditional blast furnace methods, which rely heavily on fossil fuels, to a more sustainable process. This new process will primarily use scrap and direct reduced iron (DRI) as raw materials and will be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources like wind and solar power when available. This transition aims to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, with initial operations anticipated to cut emissions by over 35%. Once fully operational, the facility could reduce emissions by up to 1 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent annually.

The groundbreaking ceremony in Gijón was attended by regional officials, including the president of the Principality of Asturias, reflecting the strong local support for this initiative. Sanjay Samaddar, CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Product, emphasized the importance of this investment in meeting the increasing demand for low-carbon emission products, particularly in sectors such as automotive, construction, and rail infrastructure that are subject to stringent carbon criteria for public procurement contracts.

Philippe Meyran, CEO of the ArcelorMittal Asturias Cluster, acknowledged the broad support from public administrations, customers, partners, and the project team, which has been crucial in reaching this milestone. He reiterated the company’s commitment to fostering a more sustainable steel industry in Asturias.

This project in Gijón is part of ArcelorMittal’s broader decarbonization efforts in Europe. The company has similar EAF conversion or expansion projects planned or underway in other countries, including Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Canada. These initiatives highlight ArcelorMittal’s proactive approach to reducing its carbon footprint and leading the steel industry towards a more sustainable future.

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